The student will be able to use the statistical tools to compose in a single synthetic indicator from
variables of a different nature in order to obtain a measure
quantitative of the studied socio-economic phenomenon; will know
operate - through compound indicators - comparisons between countries and between
individuals; will have acquired the critical sense and statistical techniques to select the most suitable variables a
measure the chosen concept.
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Slides and other material provided during the course.
The aim of the course is to provide the statistical methodology e
the technical equipment necessary for:
a) the construction of simple and compound indicators in the socio-economic field;
b) the interpretation and correct use of the most common socio-economic indicators in the official national statistics, in the Reports of the European Union, of the international Organizations and of the main non-governmental Organizations operating in international cooperation;
c) understand the main statistical indicators for development
present in the international scientific literature of area
socio-economic and related to cooperation and development issues.
The teaching methodology will mainly try to stimulate the
ability to work students, both independently and in groups,
and to enable them to finalize their knowledge in the development and interpretation of development indicators.
Basic Course in Statistics.
Classroom setting (teacher up front giving a lecture/demo). Classroom exercises will be integrated into frontal lessons.
Use of e-learning platform Moodle where, in particular, will be upload the
Type of Assessment
The final exam is designed to ensure the acquisition of knowledge and
skills through a written durability testing, normally 1 hour at least without
the opportunity to consult notes or books . The test consists of questions
to free choice and / or multiple choice regarding the
course program . Scores will be declared in the trial. The purpose of this analytical gradation of the performance of
the student is to reliably assess the level of achievement of the expected
learning results set out above.
Evaluation of the statistical concepts knowledge required for the course.
Indicators as tools for assessing complex phenomena and socio-economic development.
Types of indicators. Properties of the indicators.
The data construction process: measure latent variables, choose the variables to measure a
Linear and non-linear transformations for the comparability of data (normalization,
Methods for the synthesis of indicators: choice of the aggregation function and the system of
The construction of a composite indicator in the presence of ordinal variables.
Some composite indicators used in the socio-economic field: particular reference to the
useful indicators for making comparisons also at international level. Indices of human development,
Indices of quality of life, indicators of well-being, TAI, etc. Comparison of rankings.
Analysis of case studies. In particular: construction of indicators
for development by addressing the process of choice, transformation, weighting and aggregation.
Discussion in the classroom on concrete cases of compound indicators used in the national and